If there’s anything we’re always on the prowl for it’s an old dusty bit of furniture, crying out to made into something else. It’s a tricky thing of course, because at one time it would have sat proudly in someones home, being just what it is. But we can’t help it. I see a twist here, Anna spies a curve there and the next thing you know we’re making a table into a footstool.
In my mind, I thought I’d stumbled onto a winner. Lovely curved wooden legs, like some kind of retired exotic dancer, peering out from the back of a charity shop. Although once getting home it seemed I’d been duped by the tables’ evocative powers. Sadly up top she wasn’t in great shape. It just didn’t feel right to paint, polish or even worse……… bite the bullet and throw the table away.
So with a little wave of Anna’s upholstery wand, that ugly duckling of a coffee table was turned into a beautiful swan of a cushioned ottoman style footstool.
What you need to make your own
- An old table from a charity shop
- Sandpaper, paint and wax for finishing
- Foam – around 7cm thick
- Spray glue
- Cotton batting
- Some old fabric for upholstery fabric. We had some leftover from the make your own ipad case blog
- Staple gun
- Buttons and string
Tip; If you’re going to add buttons drill holes into the table top before covering so you have something to tie the string round.